Especially for our patrons and those considering attending a performance, these two-hour events are held on Saturday morning a week or so prior to the opening of each Opera Southwest production. The singers, musical and artistic staff and other opera professionals offer their perspectives on the opera, providing an in-depth view for a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the performance.
2015-2016 Season Pre-Opera Seminars
Saturday, March 14, 2015
“Director’s Discussion” of La Boheme, led by Director of Artistic Operations David Bartholomew.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
History of Amleto Pre-Opera Seminar, led by Opera Southwest Artistic Director Anthony Barrese.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Opera Southwest Artistic Director Anthony Barrese moderated a panel discussion including Roger Melone (Conductor), Sean Anderson (Zurga), and Nathaniel Merchant (stage director), about the development of the music and staging for the upcoming production of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Opera Southwest Artistic Director Anthony Barrese discussed Mozart’s perennial favorite “Don Giovanni.” In this lecture Maestro Barrese gave us an inside look at the construction of “Don Giovanni,” what it means that we did “the Prague Version” and how Opera Southwest’s production was a unique take on an opera that has enjoyed success for more than two hundred years.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Opera Southwest Artistic Director Anthony Barrese and Director of Artistic Operations David Bartholomew discussed the development of the music and staging for the upcoming production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Opera Southwest Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Anthony Barrese discussed Rossini’s Otello, explaining what Shakespeare’s play meant for the composer and for Italian opera when it was composed. The maestro explained how he reconstructed the “lieto finale” (joyful ending), including what information was available and how he completed certain passages. Several cast members provided musical illustrations for the conductor’s presentation.